Once a forgotten man in the Premier League top goalscorer race, Manchester United front man Wayne Rooney has seen his golden boot odds cut to 14/1 from 20/1 after netting twice in a thrilling 3-2 win at Manchester City.
Rooney was struggling with form and injury after the summer but four league goals in eight days suggest that he is suddenly at the very top of his game.
The England man has six goals to his name this season, but has some catching up to do on Robin van Persie if he is to become Manchester United’s top goalscorer.
Van Persie is a 7/5 favourite to retain the Premier League golden boot crown after netting a dramatic stoppage-time free-kick winner – his 11th league strike of the season.
Both players had some fortune on Sunday, with Rooney’s first goal a slightly miscued shot and Van Persie’s free-kick gaining a deflection from Samir Nasri’s pathetic attempt to leap out of the way in the wall.
Rooney has definitely been the more efficient finisher of late and if he can prolong his glut of goals into the Christmas programme, he should move closer to the top of the pack.
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Swansea’s Michu is now alone at the front in the golden boot race with 12 goals. The former Rayo Vallecano man matched Rooney by netting his second brace in a week as the Swans launched an unsuccessful comeback bid in a 4-3 home defeat to Norwich.
The Spanish sensation’s golden boot odds have subsequently been cut all the way from 20/1 to 12/1.
Aside from Michu himself and Swansea boss Michael Laudrup, surely nobody could have imagined him leading the rest at this stage of the season.
If he can continue to find the net throughout the packed December fixture list, those odds could get even shorter.